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Vol 5 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2011

South Africa

The unions turn up the pressure

Chinese companies’ treatment of trades unions in South Africa has come to national attention again, just as the elections in Zambia have highlighted the government’s role in managing investment and regulating working conditions. While the South African government welcomes Asian investment as a matter of foreign policy, it has trouble balancing that interest with the trades unions that are a cornerstone of the tripartite alliance of the governing African National Congress (ANC).

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